A 63 year old police constabulary has been sentenced to 15 years in prison by Gweru Regional Magistrate Mr Morgan Nemadire for raping a 20 year old woman he had arrested on suspicion of stealing a cellphone.

Christopher Dube of Mukosi village in Chiwundura appeared before Nemadire facing one count of rape.

Dube was convicted on his own please of guilty.

Dube will serve an effective 12 years after three years were suspended on condition of good behaviour.

In passing sentence, Mr Nemadire said Dube was a disgrace as he raped a suspect he was supposed to charge for allegedly stealing a cellphone.

Prosecuting Fred Kadodo told the court that while escorting the complainant to Muchata police station and along the way in a bushy area the accused threatened to send the complainant to prison if she wouldn’t comply with the orders he was about to give her.

In fear of going to prison, Mr Kadodo said the complainant complied and Dube went on to rape the complainant once before they proceeded to the police post.

The matter came to light upon arrival at the police post when the complainant narrated her ordeal to the officer who was on duty.